Tricyrtis x 'Sinonome'

Toad Lily

Noted as one of the very best of the group for its drought tolerance and deep
green shiny foliage that stays clean through Fall. Upright facing white flowers
with ruby speckling appear in quantity held above the foliage on tall racemes. A very old cultivar of unknown parentage, grown as a cut flower in Japan since early in this century. Upright vase shape clump, non spreading. Still our favorite!

Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 12-18 Inches
Zone: 5-8
Color: Mixed Colors

Toad Lily Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Moist
Good Drainage
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Cut Flower
Border
Drought Tolerant
Container
Dry Shade
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Toad Lily

Tricyrtis can be found as far south as Texas. This exotic perennial prefers
moist to wet, well-drained, slightly acidic soils in partial shade. Do not
let soil dry out. Propagate by seed or division. Best used as a border perennial,
in shade or naturalized gardens.

Interesting Notes

Its style (as in a plant's sexual parts) looks like a giraffe's neck, its anthers look like the eyes on a slug, its stamens arch like showerheads, and its six differently shaded petals (actually tepals) alternate like men and women at a dinner table. This whole surrealistic fantasy stands on three pairs of green rubber boots (swollen spurs that are part of the petals), which, kicked three times, reveal the source of the plant's Latin name: tri, meaning three, and kyrtos, meaning humped. Ketzel Levine


Common name either from spotted flowers resembling toads, or to use in Phillipines by native tribes to run on hands as a frog attractant before collecting frogs; genus name from Greek words for three and convex, referring to shape of 3 outer tepals. Perry's Perennial Pages